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A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world

Author: Alexander Jones
Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2017] ©2017
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"The Antikythera Mechanism, now 82 small fragments of corroded bronze, was an ancient Greek machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks understood it. Reflecting the most recent researches, A Portable Cosmos presents it as a gateway to Greek astronomy and technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought"--
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Jones, Alexander.
Portable cosmos.
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016045108
(OCoLC)959965429
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Jones
ISBN: 9780190618582 0190618582
OCLC Number: 987308118
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 288 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Chapter 1. The Wreck and the Discovery --
Chapter 2. The Investigations --
Chapter 3. Looking at the Mechanism --
Chapter 4. Calendars and Games --
Chapter 5. Stars, Sun, and Moon --
Chapter 6. Eclipses --
Chapter 7. The Wanderers --
Chapter 8. Hidden Workings --
Chapter 9. Afterword: The Meaning of the Mechanism.
Responsibility: Alexander Jones.

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